What is talent? Something that you were born with? Something that makes you stand apart from everyone else? Something that one person has while others don’t?

I tend to disagree. I feel talent is an excuse. Yes, you have read it correctly. It is an excuse.

People often refer to successful people as talented. Take Shahrukh Khan (or anyone you see as successful) for instance. Wow! What an actor? What good looks? What screen presence? This guy must be highly talented. But what they don’t take into consideration is the amount of effort and toil he might have put in to be where he is. He just didn’t fall where he is today. He has worked his way there. His success is the result of his sheer determination and hard work. It is his attitude that has brought him where he is today. And similarly, you are where you are today because of your attitude.

Talent is a bullshit story that people keep repeating to make themselves feel better. Oh, you see, he can do it because he is talented. I am not talented. So how can I do it?

Convenient, isn’t it? Why say that you can’t put in that much effort? Why not say that you are not talented and end the story there itself?

A lot of it has to do with conditioning. People are conditioned this way right from their school days. A kid who scores good marks is said to be talented. He has an amazing brain, this is what everyone says. But the ones who score less are not seen as talented. They are said to have a poor brain.

But if you are to reach your true potential, you will have to get rid of this type of conditioning. You will have to retrain your brain to understand that talent has nothing to do with your success. If anyone puts in the right amount of effort in the right direction, that person is bound to be successful. It is that simple.

You don’t need to have an amazing IQ to be successful. It is just a matter of doing the right things for the right amount of time. If you stick to it for long enough, one day, success will come looking for you at your door. Everyone around you will be surprised by your accomplishments.

And you know what they will say? Ironically, they will say that you are talented.

But you will smile at them because you know that it was never about talent. If anything, talent was an excuse that didn’t stop you! You had the right attitude to put in the hard work. You had the determination to stick to your plans. And because you did all that, talent (or the lack of it) never mattered.


  1. Madhura May 17, 2017 at 7:12 am

    This is motivational to even those who are being told or think that they are talented but are nowhere near success yet. πŸ™‚ Loved it.

    1. John Thomas - Site Author May 17, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Hey Madhura, I am glad you loved it πŸ™‚
      Also, thank you so much for the continued motivation!!!

  2. Wiki February 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. πŸ™‚
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

    Keep up the good work on your blog.


    1. John Thomas - Site Author February 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Hey! I think you are referring to my retweet of Zippie the Zebra πŸ™‚
      It was a struggle for my family during my childhood days. So, it was difficult for us to provide for pets. So, could never become a pet person myself. But I admire your love for them. I even checked the Instagram page, the cats are adorable!

      And, I am sorry that you weren’t able to subscribe. The subscribe form is up now. You can use the form on the blog page. Or you can even subscribe from here – http://www.authorjohnthomas.com/about-me/

      All the best to Tammy and Yommo for their Instagram life πŸ™‚

  3. Premankit October 10, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Hi John,

    I came to this blog thanks to you book β€œthe big switch”. Reading your thoughts really inspire me. My phone would be cursing me for the number of times i squeezed it while i read the book for snapshots.

    I love the flow of your writing more. It just connects dots so smoothly.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am not much of social person else i would have spammed u all around πŸ˜€

  4. John Thomas - Site Author October 12, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for writing this and letting me know that you enjoyed the book. It really means a lot to me.

    And by the way, I also saw your review on amazon. I am indebted to people who take out the time to leave a review. So, thanks again.

    Good day!


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